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Happiness At Home: Managing Difficult Life Transitions

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. In both life and nature, there are times when things move slowly and don’t seem to change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly. Moving from August to September, the weather changes gradually at first, and then it seems that suddenly summer is over. It is the […]

Kids Need Chores!

Back when papers arrived on our front doorstep every morning, I cut articles out that caught my eye, hung on to them for future reference. Going through some of my archives, I can across one in the Toronto Star from April 17, 2010, titled “Hey Kids, Why Is Dad Taking Out The Trash?” by Andrea Gordon.  […]

Encouraging Words

There has been a movement in parenting in the past number of years that is generally referred to as the “self esteem movement”.  The basics of this movement focus on raising a child’s self esteem through excessive praise, rewards, sticker charts, and other external motivators.  While there’s nothing wrong with all of these things in […]

Happiness At Home: How To Recover From A Career Crisis

If you have ever experienced any of the following, you have had a career crisis: Losing your job Being fired Burning out Not wanting to do your job for one more day A career crisis can be caused either by someone else (being laid off) or by your own feelings (burning out). Common Causes of […]

Taking Care Of Mom

It doesn’t seem right that there’s only one day a year to pamper Mom.  364 days on, one day off?  Not a great gig at first glance.  Of course we all know that the rewards of motherhood are far greater than the costs. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy or even possible to carry […]

Coping During Times Of Stress

There’s a lot to be worried about these days. Now that the novelty of self-isolation has worn off and the reality has sunk in, it may be time to go back to basics. Here are some tips for focusing on self-care. Scale back. It’s tempting to see this as an opportunity to clean out your […]

A Few Of My Favourite Books

Looking for something to keep you busy over the next few weeks? Books can be a great way to get information, get inspiration and new ideas, and to keep momentum going between sessions. My clients often ask for book recommendations, so I thought I’d provide a few of the ones that I suggest most often. […]

Staying Mentally Healthy In Times Of Crisis

These certainly are unprecedented times we live in. With the world on high alert and everything we take for granted in our daily lives, put on hold, now more than ever we need to take care of ourselves and each other. A lot has been written already about how to keep ourselves physically well. I’m […]

Happiness At Home Newsletter: Take Charge Of Your Life

Goals are good for your physical and mental health. Looking to set some new goals for the rest of the year? Here are a few ideas to get you started: Career Learning Clubs Money Community Politics Contribution Professional Emotional Reading Family Relationships Health Service Home Spiritual Interests Travel What Makes an Effective Goal? Not all […]